Resilience strategies for small landholders Part 5: When euthanasia is the best option
This series of recorded webinars is focused on supporting small landholders during times of drought and the subsequent recovery processes. This is part 5 of a 5-part webinar series.
In this session, join Geoff Neithe (veterinarian) when he discusses your obligations for Duty of Care to your animals when faced with the challenges of dry conditions and when is euthanasia the most appropriate option.
At what point do you make important decisions about the animals in your care?
Geoff will also expand on what your legal requirements are for managing the animals in your care. The topics being discussed include:
- Do I sell or agist my animals?
- Managing animal body condition
- Should I hand feed my animals?
- Toxic plants and reducing the risk of toxicity
Download a copy of the presentation – When euthanasia is the best option (PDF, 2.51 MB)
- resilience strategies for small landholders Part 1: Grazing land management and pasture recovery
- resilience strategies for small landholders Part 2: Managing climate variability and the maintenance feed requirements for horses, sheep and goats
- resilience strategies for small landholders Part 3: Drought plans and maintenance feed requirements for cattle
- resilience strategies for small landholders Part 4: Duty of care to animals
- a new website has been developed to support small landholders – ‘Animals in drought‘
- Fit to load guide (MLA)
- Describing and managing beef cattle in low body condition (MLA)
- When euthanasia is the best option
- The typical scenario…what do I do?
- Option 1: Sell or agist
- Managing stock in low body condition
- Body condition score ‘0’
- Body condition score 1
- Indicators of fatigue
- As body condition score improves…
- Body condition score <2 are no value for slaughter
- Option 2: Feeding stock
- Amount of feed depends on the quality
- If rain were to fall tomorrow…
- Toxic plants
- Reducing the risk of plant toxicity
- Barber’s Pole Worm
- Option 3: Euthanasia
- Further assistance or help